Laurie Cook Heffron, LMSW

Laurie Cook Heffron, LMSW

Laurie Cook Heffron is a research program coordinator and doctoral student with The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), where she has contributed to multiple research projects since 2001. She also serves as editorial assistant to Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. Laurie has both direct social work practice and research experience with a variety of communities, including refugees, victims of trafficking, asylees, and other immigrants in Central Texas. As a doctoral student, she is interested in exploring the experiences of, and relationships between, violence against women and migration to the United States. Laurie studied Linguistics at Georgetown University and earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from The University of Texas at Austin. Laurie is a licensed social worker and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having worked in Niger, West Africa, with women and children in a rural community health initiative.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

International social work; immigration and forced migration; human trafficking; violence against women; domestic violence; sexual assault


  • MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S., Georgetown University

Teaching History

Faculty Research


Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358